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Question: Rheumatoid Arthritis


 Cindo825 - Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:19 pm

My father has a follow up appointment with his doctor. He started off with pain in his knees and wrist. Now he has pain in his shoulder and he has numbness in the tips of his fingers and they are cold to the touch. Can this be rheumatoid arthritis?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:10 am

User avatar Dear Cindo825,

Numbness and tingling are often felt in the hands, feet, arms, or legs due to abnormal sensory function.

Causes include:
-Nerve injury
-Diminished blood supply or improper circulation like in cases of atherosclerosis in the lower limb vessels, that result in pain in the legs with numbness, and tingling on walking. (Intermittent claudication.)
-Spinal nerves compression in cases of herniated disk.
-Carpal tunnel syndrome which can cause numbness or tingling in your wrist, fingers, hand, or forearm.
-Commonly in association with systemic medical conditions like diabetes, thyroid hypofuntcion,
-Vitamin B-12 deficiency and metabolite disturbances.
-Transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke
-Certain medications.

Causes of joint paint are different and in old age is more likely to be due to Osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body's immune system to attack the bone joints. It is diagnosed by certain clinical criteria and serological examination.
For more information about Rheumatoid arthritis you can visit our web site :
http://www.doctorslounge.com/rheumatolo ... hritis.htm
http://www.doctorslounge.com/rheumatolo ... matiod.htm

Best regards,

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